As IPL 2020 reached its 20th game in UAE, a figure that marked the end of the tournament in the same country in 2014, the latest edition of the fray stayed witness to wonders of the highest order in the annual domestic extravaganza.
Foreigners have so far played a crucial role in the tournament and have been uplifting hopes for the sides of the tournament. Om gave days they have also completely changed the complexion of the game single-handedly. We will look at the best foreigners stitched up in one team as we call it Foreigners XI in IPL 2020.
Openers: Dave Warner and Jonny Bairstow
The Australian opener has been the best glimmer of hope in an otherwise murky sky for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has so far managed 175 runs from 5 games that have stayed witness to a blistering 60 as well. He has been consistently delivering the task that has been asked of him.
Bairstow was wobbling in an initial couple of games but he made a return to his rich vein of form in the last couple of matches and will be the one to partner with Warner to give the engine of this team a headstart.
3. Faf Du Plessis
The former South African skipper, Faf is an experienced campaigner and his battle against the bowlers in this tournament has made him stand out in an otherwise lacklustre Chennai squad. He has stitched blistering scores of 87, 22, 43, 72 and 58 in this year’s cricketing bonanza and will be a leading pick in this team.
4. Eoin Morgan
Despite KKR’s batting order repeatedly being questioned, especially with Karthik failing in the top spots, Morgan has so far been in sublime touch and has been one of the few consistent batters of the side.
He has played 4 games until now that has seen him scoring 136 runs. His blistering 44 in the last game against Delhi was the highlight of his brilliance as he has reigned supreme in absolute carnage.
5. AB De Villiers
De Villiers had a rare failure in the last game as he was removed for 9, scalped by Anrich Nortje. However, the other games in the fray have seen some brilliant cricketing strokes from Mr 360.
He opened the fray with a quickfire 51 from 30 balls and followed it up with an 18-ball-28 against Kings XI Punjab.
He stunned Mumbai Indians with a stormy 55 off just 24 balls that also witnessed him staying unbeaten until the end.
He didn’t really savour much batting time against Rajasthan Royals and stayed unbeaten for 12 runs off 10 balls.
He is in great touch so far in the fray and will be a crucial moniker for this team too.
6. Marcus Stoinis
The Australian all-rounder has found himself some rich vein of form as kept on hewing away the bowlers mercilessly and he has also been great with the ball.
He started the campaign with a match-winning 53 from only 21 deliveries that were followed by two unbeaten knocks in the middle. He was then removed early in the game against KKR.
However, he made a strong comeback against Royal Challengers Bangalore as he managed to clobber an exciting unbeaten 53 from just 26 balls. He has also managed to scalp 3 crucial wickets in the tournament.
7. Kieron Pollard
Pollard has been the best foreigner of the tournament so far and will be a big name for this team too. He has consistently been playing match-defining knocks for Mumbai that has seen some relentless battering of the bowlers.
He has so far scored 163 runs from 6 games and registered 2 important wickets. Though the number of runs here isn’t really the key to fathom his greatness on the field. It is the context of the game where he has arrived and smashed the bowlers that has seen him coming up trumps. He has also plucked a few rippers from mid-air, one of which came last night against Jos Buttler.
He is currently one of the most dominant names of IPL 2020 and will be a choice for this game too.
8. Rashid Khan
If you are playing T-20 cricket, you cannot have a better bowler than the Afghan mystery man, Rashid Khan. Coming to bowl with a wide variety of options, he is one of the diciest spinners on the pitch.
It is not just hard to comprehend his deliveries but even the best of batsmen have shown enough sense to not go after him, knowing the potential danger of the same.
He has so far been brilliant in this IPL, bowling at an economy rate of less than 5 which is a great economy rate even in ODI’s.
9. Jofra Archer
The English fast bowler has so far been ruthless in his exploits and has been in great touch in IPL 2020. After playing a match-defining knock with the bat in the opener for Royals, he bowled exceptionally well to keep things going for them.
The pitches of UAE has suited himself in the best of ways, thanks to some incredible movement and brutal pace that comes from him and is highly menacing in toppling his opposition.
10. Kagiso Rabada
Rabada has been the best bowler in IPL 2020 with some fiery bowling, knocking out opponents at will. Not only has he been in phenomenal touch in terms of economy rate, but his exploits in the number of wickets has also been great.
He has already scalped 12 wickets from 5 matches at an economy rate of 7.50. He is an excellent fast bowler and has so far led the Delhi bowling charge with pomp and vigour.
11. Anrich Nortje
The man who has hogged the limelight for all the right reasons with blistering pace and a knack for wickets, Anrich Nortje has been the find of this season.
When you need two important bowlers to dismantle your opposition for that crucial 19th and 20th over, if Rabada pulls off that 19th over for you, Nortje chips in with the last, almost ensuring the fact that victory will be on your side.
We had to omit a few names who have also been doing pretty good in the tournament that include the likes of James Pattinson, Sheldon Cottrell, Kane Williamson, Pat Cummins and Shane Watson. They definitely have been great but consistency has been the worry for them.
However, given their phenomenal stature in world cricket, it is just a matter of time before they impose themselves on this domestic extravaganza.